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In the US, more students learn Latin than Russian, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin and Cantonese combined. [Prospect research]

The Metropolitan Police bill for overtime on Millennium night is expected to be over ?12m. [The Observer, 10th January 1999]

China has increased its estimate of Chinese killed in the second world war from 10m to 35m. The figure for people killed in the Rape of Nanking has risen from 42,000 to 300,000. [Foreign Affairs, November/December 1998]

In Britain in 1981, 66 per cent of men and 61 per cent of women were married. By 2011 the proportions are expected to be…

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